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Where to Eat Cuban Food in and Around Boston

From Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to Cambridge’s Porter Square

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Boston is definitely not Miami, but that doesn’t mean that there’s a complete lack of Cuban cuisine here. Take a spin over to Jamaica Plain and eat your way down Centre Street, or head to Porter Square for a rum-soaked night and some decadent pork treats. Here are nine of the best Cuban restaurants — or restaurants that serve at least a bit of excellent Cuban food — in and around Boston.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

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2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(855) 487-8296
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Located in the sizable old Elephant Walk space in Porter Square, this brand new Cambridge restaurant is already a tough reservation to snag thanks to its solid collection of Cuban small plates and entrees — plenty of pork, plenty of seafood, and more. (Don’t miss the empanada of the day.) Bonus: Sam Treadway, the owner of the award-winning cocktail bar Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square, collaborated on Gustazo’s cocktail list. The restaurant also has a popular older sibling out in Waltham.

Churros at Gustazo in Cambridge
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2. The Automatic

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50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5226
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This fun Kendall Square bar is not a Cuban restaurant at all, but hidden on its late-night menu, there’s an iconic Cuban sandwich that originated at the now-defunct Chez Henri, a longtime French and Cuban restaurant in Cambridge. The sandwich includes roasted pork, smoked ham, Gruyere, pickles, and chipotle aioli.

The Automatic
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3. Casa Caña

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1234 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 415-5402
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The menu at Casa Caña, which opened in Allston in 2018, features foods from a mix of Latin American and Caribbean cuisines, and the cocktail list is very rum-forward. Ty the Cuban sandwich, which comes with roasted pork, smoked ham, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese.

Casa Caña’s grilled street corn with cotija, chilies, and aioli
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4. La Fábrica Central

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450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(857) 706-1125
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Like Casa Caña, Central Square restaurant and club La Fábrica Central doesn’t stick to just one Caribbean cuisine, but its menu includes plenty of nods to Cuba, with dishes like ropa vieja-stuffed empanadas and empanadas modeled after a Cuban sandwich. (The sandwich itself is also on the menu, in slider form.)

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5. Outlook Kitchen & Bar

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70 Sleeper St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-3030
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Outlook’s kitchen is run by chef Tatiana Rosana, who grew up in Miami in a Cuban family. (She’s also a Chopped champion.) While Outlook isn’t a Cuban restaurant, Rosana’s cooking is influenced in part by her roots. Go for lunch, and try Rosana’s take on a Cuban sandwich, made with braised pork, smoked ham, dill pickles, pickled onions, Swiss cheese, and jalapeno mustard.

Outlook Kitchen & Bar
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6. Doña Habana

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811 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 708-1182
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At this Newmarket Square restaurant, try the arroz imperial con maduros (a casserole consisting of yellow rice, pulled chicken, and a topping of cheese and sweet plantains), the tamal Cubano de cerdo (Cuban corn meal with pork wrapped in corn husks), or, sure, a flaming lobster.

Flaming lobster at Doña Habana
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7. The Old Havana Cuban Restaurant

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349 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 477-4248
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A Jamaica Plain stalwart, the Old Havana has a vast menu, and everything is worth eating. Start with some fried plantain chips, and then try the beef liver steak served with rice and beans.

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8. Miami Restaurant

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381 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-4644

Another Jamaica Plain destination for Cuban cuisine. Try the ropa vieja, and try the chicharrones too.

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9. El Oriental de Cuba

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416 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-6464
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Yet another great spot for Cuban food on Centre Street. Try the chicken fricassee or the Cuban sandwich, and wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s many tropical shakes.

El Oriental de Cuba
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1. Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Churros at Gustazo in Cambridge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Located in the sizable old Elephant Walk space in Porter Square, this brand new Cambridge restaurant is already a tough reservation to snag thanks to its solid collection of Cuban small plates and entrees — plenty of pork, plenty of seafood, and more. (Don’t miss the empanada of the day.) Bonus: Sam Treadway, the owner of the award-winning cocktail bar Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square, collaborated on Gustazo’s cocktail list. The restaurant also has a popular older sibling out in Waltham.

2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. The Automatic

50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The Automatic
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This fun Kendall Square bar is not a Cuban restaurant at all, but hidden on its late-night menu, there’s an iconic Cuban sandwich that originated at the now-defunct Chez Henri, a longtime French and Cuban restaurant in Cambridge. The sandwich includes roasted pork, smoked ham, Gruyere, pickles, and chipotle aioli.

50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Casa Caña

1234 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02135
Casa Caña’s grilled street corn with cotija, chilies, and aioli
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The menu at Casa Caña, which opened in Allston in 2018, features foods from a mix of Latin American and Caribbean cuisines, and the cocktail list is very rum-forward. Ty the Cuban sandwich, which comes with roasted pork, smoked ham, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese.

1234 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02135

4. La Fábrica Central

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
La Fábrica Central
La Fábrica Central/Official Site

Like Casa Caña, Central Square restaurant and club La Fábrica Central doesn’t stick to just one Caribbean cuisine, but its menu includes plenty of nods to Cuba, with dishes like ropa vieja-stuffed empanadas and empanadas modeled after a Cuban sandwich. (The sandwich itself is also on the menu, in slider form.)

450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Outlook Kitchen & Bar

70 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Outlook Kitchen & Bar
Eric Levin

Outlook’s kitchen is run by chef Tatiana Rosana, who grew up in Miami in a Cuban family. (She’s also a Chopped champion.) While Outlook isn’t a Cuban restaurant, Rosana’s cooking is influenced in part by her roots. Go for lunch, and try Rosana’s take on a Cuban sandwich, made with braised pork, smoked ham, dill pickles, pickled onions, Swiss cheese, and jalapeno mustard.

70 Sleeper St
Boston, MA 02210

6. Doña Habana

811 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Flaming lobster at Doña Habana
Doña Habana/Official Site

At this Newmarket Square restaurant, try the arroz imperial con maduros (a casserole consisting of yellow rice, pulled chicken, and a topping of cheese and sweet plantains), the tamal Cubano de cerdo (Cuban corn meal with pork wrapped in corn husks), or, sure, a flaming lobster.

811 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

7. The Old Havana Cuban Restaurant

349 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Old Havana
The Old Havana/Official Site

A Jamaica Plain stalwart, the Old Havana has a vast menu, and everything is worth eating. Start with some fried plantain chips, and then try the beef liver steak served with rice and beans.

349 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

8. Miami Restaurant

381 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Miami Restaurant
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Another Jamaica Plain destination for Cuban cuisine. Try the ropa vieja, and try the chicharrones too.

381 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

9. El Oriental de Cuba

416 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
El Oriental de Cuba
El Oriental de Cuba/Official Site

Yet another great spot for Cuban food on Centre Street. Try the chicken fricassee or the Cuban sandwich, and wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s many tropical shakes.

416 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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